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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

I missed it.

When the first outbreak of “Harry Potter” fever hit, I was old enough to find J.K. Rowling’s minutiae-laden prose unappealing, old enough to slightly sour at the taste of her light revisions to the epic journey recipe. Worse still, I was not yet old enough to have my own children with wide-eyed imaginations strong enough to obscure those faults on my behalf. In short, I find...

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Cutting Room for July 13

  • Although they must be using Andy Rooney’s bedtime as the threshold by considering 8 p.m. to be “late,” the Joslyn Art Museum’s “Late ‘Til 8” extended evening hours will feature 3 documentaries presented in collaboration with the POV series from PBS (provided the GOP hasn’t made PBS DOA by that ETA). The three documentaries will focus on different perspectives regarding the American West, and the...

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Man(agement) Slaughter

Horrible Bosses

Let’s face it: Nobody likes their job anymore. For the past few years, those of us lucky enough to punch a clock have clung to our job like a leaky rubber raft in a sea of economic uncertainty. We keep waiting for a bigger, better boat to rescue us, but none ever do. Meanwhile, our raft has started micromanaging us. “Don’t stand up and look around,” it nags. “Just be happy you’re here,” it says....

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Norwegian Troll Binge

Troll Hunter

Seemingly assembled from the recycled limbs and organs of cult films from various genres, Troll Hunter is an endearing little Frankenstein’s monster of a movie. Although writer/director André Øvredal uses the exhausted imaginative crutch that is the fake-documentary format, he does so with alternating strokes of whimsy and horror. Had his bearded, burly central character been less stoically...

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Cutting Room for July 6

  • You may not know it, but I’m a poet. Don’t let that stale and uninspired rhyme fool you, I’ve been a participant and fan of slam poetry since I learned how to wield awkward political metaphors with staccato delivery. Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater (filmstreams.org) must be enthusiasts too because they’re bringing Greg Jacobs, director of the slam poetry-centric documentary Louder Than a...

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Hymn and Awe

The Tree of Life

In distinguishing between pretentious, inaccessible, pseudo-artistic prattle and actual works of genius, audiences ultimately wind up relying on Supreme Court justice Potter Stewart’s infamous method of determining what is and isn’t pornography: “I know it when I see it.” At the precise moment when writer/director Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life becomes transcendent for some, it becomes...

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Cutting Room for June 29

  • Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater (filmstreams.org) is promising what thousands of dollars in plastic surgeries and ritual sacrifices to pagan gods have not delivered: immortality. At least, that’s what I presume they’re offering with Forever Young, their ongoing series of family and children’s movies that run from July 9 to October 6. Beginning with Mia and the Migoo, the series also...

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Those damned apes are back and anything but dirty.

GRADE
B+


We Are the Best

Set in Stockholm in 1982, this is punk rock female adolescence at its finest.

GRADE
A


Snowpiercer

Awesome, literal class warfare on a train that holds the only humans that survived the new ice age.

GRADE
A-


Obvious Child

Billed as a comedy, this is actually a sophisticated, empathetic look at a crucial issue.

GRADE
B+


The Signal

Crazy good and just plain crazy, this is indie sci-fi at its best!

GRADE
A+


Ping Pong Summer

Drowning in 1980s nostalgia, this deserves to be a cult hit.

GRADE
A-


22 Jump Street

A sequel no one could have expected to a movie nobody wanted.

GRADE
A-


Ice, Ice Maybe

I’m not saying that the impoverished are going to grab axes and violently murder the wealthy elite. But I’m also not NOT...

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Not So Fast, Rick Santorum

I do not have a uterus. If I understand biology, I never will. So the issue of abortion has remained at arm’s length from...

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Freaky Frequency

For a movie reviewer, having a favorite genre kinda feels like a parent having a favorite child; oh, they totally do,...

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Bad Meaning Good

The popularity of Napoleon Dynamite never really made sense. With its “special” characters and nonsensical elements, the...

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